In 2008, at the height of the housing crisis and a recession, Apple become the largest company in the world selling a product that no one needs. It amazes me on how many people will buy the top of the line iPhone when I see the same people using it to scroll through social media and take a view pictures. The New York Times looks into the true cost of upgrading your phone.
The numbers don’t surprise me, and maybe I’m a little jealous of those that can look past the numbers. My phone is over two years old now, and I’m looking at getting through one more year before upgrading.
New research shows that people have always been jerks and social media only announced their jerkiness to the world. I’ve found that staying away from Facebook is a good start. If you must be on FB, then unfollow everyone from your feed. That helps a lot.
Twentieth anniversary of the iPod
This past week was the 20th anniversary of the Apple iPod. Although it’s faded from relevance, its release is one of the greatest consumer products of humanity. I rank it up there with the Atari 2600 and the VCR. It’s surprising how little coverage of this anniversary there has been out on the internets, except for the story of the prototype iPd.
The iPod took the idea of portable music to a whole new level. Sure, there were limited players at the time, such as Creative’s huge Nomad or the RIO mp3 players. If you wanted to look cool, you would have a pair of the iPod white earbuds on when you were out and about.
Besides opening up the idea that you could carry thousands of songs with you at anytime the iPod was instrumental in idea that you could purchase individual songs. Anyone growing up in the 80s remembers that most albums had one or two good songs on them and then filler. Well, except for anything put out by Huey Lewis and the News.
Apple used the iPod to leverage their entry into the smartphone market, and we see how that turned out.